Propagating Brunfelsia? Any hints?

tuesdayschild(z10 CA, Sunset24)September 28, 2006

Hi folks,

I've got 4 brunfelsias, 2 in pots 2 in nasty clay soil, all doing very well. I'm thinking I'd like to underplant some of my shady side hedges in them (since I'm dang tired of filling in with annuals in the bone-deep shade area, but would still like some nice color in there).

Does anyone have any experience in propagting brunfelsia from leaf or from twig? If so, what did you do? Any hints would be much appreciated-- these things are pretty darn expensive in the pot (since I can't seem to find anything under a gallon). I'd love to try to do it the homegrown way and I'm guessing I'm heading into the right season to do something. Thanks!

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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Plants like Brunfelsia would typically be propagated from soft wood cuttings taken in summer, and rooted in perlite or vermiculite or sand in light shade with the humidity kept up, and dipped in rooting hormone. If your temps stay into the 60's this time of year, it may still be useful to try.

I wonder that you think one gallon plants are too expensive? Even at the retail price of $9 a gallon at better well stocked nurseries, as things cost up here in the SF Bay Area, that doesn't seem extreme to me,(particularly if you are only buying a couple of plants). Maybe everyone has become too accustomed to lost leader prices of the same old typical plants as found at discount places such as Walmart or Home Depot...

    Bookmark   October 7, 2006 at 3:10PM
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calistoga_al

Some of us old codgers get spoiled by yard sales and do not appreciate the time and labor required to propagate and grow a plant to gallon size. Yesterday I was able to buy an electric stair climber for my house from an estate sale for $100. On the way home I bought two new one gallon plants from a local propagating nursery for his regular price of $8 each. Both were good buys. Al

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 10:09AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Al, I know the feeling of why spend more money than necessary, but I also agree with you that nurseries have to make a living selling a perishable product, and deserve to make a profit, as it is not an easy business. I wonder why people don't think a bouquet of cut roses is too expensive, when a live plant will last so much longer...

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 12:22AM
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tuesdayschild(z10 CA, Sunset24)

Wow, I lost track of this one... here it is 3 years later and I forgot to say thanks bahia for the tips.

By the by... if I were paying those prices for them, I'd be happy to buy many, many more but I'm paying $29 for a single gallon plant. I bought 4. I do think I contributed to a reasonable profit! :-)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 3:11PM
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